The Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon was the third appellation wine to be introduced in our Cabernet series of very small bottlings dedicated to the benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley. This bottling marks the sixth vintage of the Oakville Cabernet and celebrates Etude’s long-term relationship with one of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley.
Source: Block 6 of the Vine Hill Ranch, Oakville, Napa Valley
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinification: Aged in French oak barrels (80% new) for 22 months
Production: 190 cases
"A dense and layered red with dark
berry and dark chocolate character.
Full body with velvety tannins. A big
and juicy wine. Lifted. Broad palate.
Melted tannins. Give it some time to
come together as it's little brutish
now. Better in 2020." - James Suckling, December 2017
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville comes from Vine Hill Ranch and is a big, spicy, cedary, Pauillac-like wine with notes of baking spices, blackcurrants, licorice, forest floor, coffee and a touch of new oak in the background. This big, tannic wine needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and drunk over the following 25 or more." - Robert Parker, December 2016
The 2013 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is one of remarkable depth and complexity. It exhibits intense black cherry, boysenberry, blackberry, pine and violets. Exceptionally concentrated and balanced, it has particularly integrated tannins and a smooth, lengthy finish. It will open and evolve into an outstanding wine over the next several decades.
The Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon was the third appellation wine to be introduced in our Cabernet series of very small bottlings dedicated to the benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley. This bottling marks the sixth vintage of the Oakville Cabernet and celebrates Etude’s long-term relationship with one of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley. Grapes were sourced exclusively from Block 6 of the Vine Hill Ranch, nestled along the hills of the Mayacamas Mountain Range at the south end of the Oakville AVA. The Phillips family has carefully managed this alluvial benchland vineyard for two generations, which is home to some of the most expressive and concentrated Cabernet grapes in the Napa Valley.
The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With no surprises throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistently favorable and even, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The overall dry season made for a short harvest and was ideal for producing concentrated and balanced Cabernet Sauvignons.
Etude’s philosophy remains steadfast and this Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention. The grapes were cold soaked for 3-5 days and an extended maceration period followed fermentation to help modify the depth and mouthfeel of the wine, and to fully extract color, flavor and aromatics. The young wine was then racked into small French oak barrels where it aged for 22 months.